Vision of the rescue services

Finland will have a good safety culture and the most effective rescue services in Europe

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  • a society in which everyone takes responsibility for safety and effective accident prevention
  • dedicated and capable personnel
  • cost-effective services that satisfy user needs and are proportionate to the threats
  • a strong network of partnerships.

Rescue service actors

Ministry of the Interior Department for Rescue Services

The Ministry of the Interior Department for Rescue Services manages, directs and oversees rescue services and service availability and quality, and sees to the national organisation and arrangements of rescue services.

Regional State Administrative Agencies

The Regional State Administrative Agencies supervise rescue services and the availability and quality of rescue services in their regions.

Rescue departments

Finnish municipalities jointly maintain 22 rescue departments which carry out rescue service tasks in their regions.

Contract fire brigades

Contract fire brigades play an important role in the system of rescue services. They participate in rescue missions and form the reserve needed in emergencies and situations requiring civil protection.

Rescue sector organisations

Several organisations which play an important role in such areas as accident prevention and rescue sector training operate in Finland.

Fire Protection Fund

The Fire Protection Fund is an off-budget entity that grants financial aid to support fire prevention and rescue activities.

Emergency Services Academy

The Emergency Services Academy provides vocational education and training leading to qualifications in rescue services and Emergency Response Centre operations as well as education leading to a university of applied sciences degree for fire officers.

Preventing accidents

The rescue departments support residents, entrepreneurs and other people in their regions in preventing accidents by means of information, advice and safety communications. 

Rescue operations

Rescue operations consist of preventing a threatening accident, minimising damage and injuries caused by an accident that has already occurred, and providing first aid to help the injured to recover.

Prehospital emergency medical care

The rescue departments organise the provision of regional emergency medical services in cooperation with the hospital districts. It is a fundamental part of rescue department operations.

International cooperation

Finnish rescue services engage in continuous international cooperation with the European Union, the UN, NATO, the Nordic countries and other neighbouring countries alike.

Preparedness

Preparedness means preparing in advance for various disasters, emergencies and even a war.

Strategy

The vision of the strategy which guides rescue service operations and their ongoing reform is A Safe and Resilient Finland - together.

Legislation

Rescue services are subject to many acts and decrees, the most important one of which is the Rescue Act. 

Statistics

The rescue departments’ safety communications reach about 900,000 people a year. The number of emergency missions is around 100,000.

Publications and instructions

Instructions and other publications relevant to the rescue services are published by the Ministry of the Interior, mainly in the ministry's publication series, but also by such actors as the Emergency Services Academy and the Partnership Network of Finnish Rescue Services.

Education and training

The Emergency Services Academy based in Kuopio organises vocational education and training as well as in-service training for rescue service and Emergency Response Centre personnel, preparedness training, and training for international civilian crisis management missions.